Technology Review speaks about the RED Cameras that are being used to film the Hobbit and many other Hollywood movies
The first Red model was introduced in 2007, and immediately attracted the attention of filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh. Since then, directors have used Red cameras to shoot some of Hollywood's biggest movies, including The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and installments of such blockbuster Hollywood franchises as The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spiderman.
A fully-loaded version of the latest Red model costs between $45,000 and $60,000, perhaps a quarter as much as a new film camera—if anyone were still making them.
Lights, bytes, action!: The Epic digital camera starts at around $31,000. The camera has become popular among Hollywood directors, but now faces competition from electronics firms like Canon. Red Digital Cinema Camera Company
Hobbit is being shot at 48 frames per second. The human eye sees 60 frames per second and previous movies have usually been 24 frames per second.
The crew filming The Hobbit in New Zealand is using 48 Red Epic cameras, including models configured for 3-D effects.
Digital cameras can also capture more images per second than standard film, enhancing the image quality. Jackson, who is directing The Hobbit, has said the effect is "like the back of the cinema has had a hole cut out of it where the screen is, and you are actually looking into the real world."
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